The SUNY Buffalo State Oral History Project was conducted from 1975 to 1994 and was primarily directed by Sister Martin Joseph Jones, the first College Archivist. The interviews are primarily concerned with personal reflections over the course of the interviewee’s career and personal biographical details. Transcripts of some of the interviews are available; please visit our webpage for additional information, finding-aids, and inventories.
Mary Shea was born in Buffalo on November 24, 1900 to Michael and Josephine Carr Shea. Her father built Shea’s theater. Until she was twelve the family lived at 43 Vermont Street in Buffalo. She taught writing and history in New Jersey and married Emile Giffoniello in 1929. She returned back to Buffalo in the 1930’s and passed away on April 21, 1986. The SUNY Buffalo State Archives & Special Collections has a small collection donated by Mary concerning her father, Michael Shea.
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